Saturday, 17 November 2018

A Christmas Homeware and Lifestyle Gift Guide

I knew that this Christmas gift guide was going to be the hardest one to put together as I wanted a good range of ideas from homeware to unique edible gifts that can be given to anybody. Sometimes you're not sure what the person you're gifting is currently into or you want to give someone a present they're not expecting, so here are my top homeware and lifestyle picks for this year. 

Candles are always very welcomed and of course an Overose Valkiria or a Diptyque Candle would be a lovely treat if you're looking to spend a little bit more. If you're looking for a great budget option then the Yankee Christmas Cookie will be your best bet as it's loved by many. 

Cookbooks, diaries and planners can all be great affordable gifts that can be given on their own or part of a bigger present. The Gin Made Me Do It looks great for a cocktail lover and in fact Oliver Bonas is a great place to look for lifestyle pieces as their the Prosecco alternative is great too. 

Jewellery is something that can be super special and doesn't have to break the bank either. Of course it's something hard to get right, but John Greed kindly sent me over two of their pieces from their collection and it's one to check out as there's lots of pieces under £30 that look more expensive. 
What are your top Christmas homeware and lifestyle picks? 

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Friday, 16 November 2018

A Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

A Christmas Beauty Gift Guide
It'll come as no surprise that the beauty Christmas gift guide is my favourite one to put together and it comes hard to narrow down all the lovely gifts that they have on offer. I wanted to make sure I had a good range of brands and prices to ensure that there is something for everybody. 

When creating this post I always end up adding so many to my wishlist, but currently at the top is the Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Set as I've wanted to try this product out for the longest time and as it's on the Boots star gift it makes it a bargain. You get the powder, a beauty sponge and a face brush all for £20! A great present for yourself or a loved one. 

Since a few years back when Pixi really upped their Christmas collection game, I've been checking back every festive season now too. You can get the Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio* for £12 which is a great gift for anybody looking to experiment with their eye looks or the Best of Rose Set* would be well received by any skincare enthusiastic. The Ultimate Beauty 5th Edition* although £28 is actually such a great deal as you get 9 blush, bronzer and highlighter hues and then 40 (!) eye and brow shades for you to play around with. 

We all know how expensive Christmas can be so I like to shop around looking for the best deals, alongside the Boots 3 for 2 deal which is always a yearly favourite, World Duty Free also has some bargains. The Benefit Confection Cuties* would be a great gift for somebody who loves high end makeup without breaking the bank - to be fair all of their gift sets are worth a look!

Origins is worth a look this year as their Best of the Best Set is lovely and their Mini Masks is great if you know somebody who travels a lot or that wants to try out all of their masks without committing. 

Lastly, Charlotte Tilbury, the ultimate luxe beauty brand that just screams Christmas to me. I love wearing their makeup over the festive period and their gift sets certainly haven't disappointed this year. The Mini Hollywood Lips Duo* has two generous sized liquid lipsticks that would be perfect for this time of the year or for those wanting to try something from the brand and the Mini Magical Brush Kit* is such an adorable present idea too. 

What are you top beauty Christmas present picks this year? 

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Little Changes To Make To Your Skincare Routine

Little Changes To Make To Your Skincare Routine
I love learning new tips and tricks when it comes to skincare whether it's a new tool or a different way to apply my moisturiser. I've been researching simple ways to spruce up my routine and today I'm sharing with you the little changes that have made a big difference. 

I've suffered with dehydrated, chapped lips for pretty much every Autumn/Winter for as longs I can remember. I rely heavily on lip scrubs, balms and treatments to keep them at a level where I can wear lipstick and it doesn't look awful. Even in the Summer my lips suffer from whenever they're exposed to the sun, so although I try and keep them protected they still get dry. The Lush Sugar Plum Fairy is definitely one to pick up if you need something to use on a daily basis and it's one that has made a huge difference in the way my lip products look when worn. 

I can't tell you how excited I am to have a jade roller in my skincare routine as I've lasted after one for ages now. I've heard such good things about time when used both warm, at room temperature and when cold too. I've got my hands on the new Gatineau White Jade Facial Roller* which promises to promote blood flow, lymph drainage and improve the skin's glow too. Although only a small addition, I've loved using it and have actually seen a difference in a very small amount of time which surprised me. 

Another change I've made to my skincare routine is popping products into the fridge especially the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum* which spurred this one. It contains L-Absorbic Acid ie Vitamin C which apparently is best used immediately, but to prolong usage even further popping it in the fridge can help preserve it too. 

I saw this tip the other month and I can't remember where, but it's been on my 'must try that' list for some time. Basically, they explained that you should apply your moisturiser 3 minutes after your cleanse/toner to ensure you get optimum hydration as moisturiser traps in water in your skin. I can't say I've seen a huge difference, but there's definitely one to at least note - I'm wondering if it'll improve over a longer period of time too. 

What are your top skincare tips? 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A Budget Christmas Gift Guide Under £15

A Budget Christmas Gift Guide Under £15
The Christmas gift guides are now in full swing and I've really loved putting them together! One that I knew I wanted to do is a budget one as it's a gift guide I would find useful myself, I gave myself the challenge of making sure each present or gift idea is all under £15.

For a beauty lover, I would definitely recommend checking out the Caudalie gift sets as they have some amazing bits for under £15. A present idea that I thought would work really well is the Hand Cream Trio*, a set of 3 hand creams for £12 which can be separated  and then you can pair it with a nail vanish, lip scrub or bath bomb to make a little self care bundle that doesn't break the back. If this duo doesn't tickle your fancy, they do a super cute Vinosource Cracker* which is worth £20.50 making it a bargain too - pair this with a simple Face Inc Rose Glow Face Mask are you've got a very lovely present any beauty lover would be happy to have. 

I promise I won't make this gift guide all about beauty, but giving makeup for a present doesn't have to be scary. This Origins Mini Face Mask Set is such a great idea and as it's £15 making it a great gift on it's own or the Soap and Glory Pink Credibles Set* is going to be welcomed by anybody. Equally check out the sales as there's quite a lot around like this Burton Watch which would be great for your boyfriend, dad or anybody that may be a little harder to buy for as it's pretty simple. 

A similar idea, but one that can be given to pretty much anybody is the get a miniature This Works Sleep Spray Set and put it with a book (Amazon do very affordable books for under £4 and some of them are on a 3 for £10 saving too!) to give to anybody that needs a little bit more time to themselves. Likewise you can adapt this to different people, if you know the person isn't a fan of reading, but they love relaxing with a candle, then the Yankee Candle 4 Pack will be your best bet. 

There's so many jewellery pieces out there that can look very snazzy, but be easy on the bank account too. John Greed kindly sent me over a couple of their pieces and although neither is under £15, their Gold Horn Earrings give me serious Missoma vibes at a fraction of the price. 

Themed presents as I've previously mentioned always go down a treat. For a teenager, I always think getting a cosy pair of socks and a hot chocolate set makes for a lovely put together gift idea. For an adult you could grab them a keep cup and make yourself a hot chocolate set inside of it too or make it alcoholic getting a Tequila Cocktail Book and then a gold rimmed glass too. Someone who likes to use their phone may enjoy a Lens Clip for their phone to create arty looking shots and if you want to get them a phone case or a portable charger to go with it. 

What are your top picks for budget Christmas presents this year? 

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Review
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Review
If you've been around here for a while, you'll know that Charlotte Tilbury is the brand I love to use around the festive period. There's something about the rose gold casing and gorgeous shades that make them a dream to use. When I was sent the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe* I was over the moon and it was like Christmas came early! I wanted to give you a little tour of this advent calendar and my thoughts on the contents too. You may need to read to the end as there's something that I think you'd love *hint hint*. 

Each product is individually wrapped with burgundy tissue paper behind each door and I feel like that's just the start of it as the exterior packaging has to be noted too. I was worried that the glitter was going to get everywhere, but you'll be pleased to know that it doesn't come off at all and the whole box looks so luxe and very fitting for Christmas. 

Now onto what's inside and the twelve products range from a facial moisturiser to a liquid lipstick, meaning you get to try out a variety of CT's products in generous trial sizes and still have four full sized products at the end too. The Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren is a new addition to my collection and a formula I haven't tried before. I've never tried them as I haven't heard much about their liquid lipstick, but wow this colour is dreamy, long lasting and comfortable too. 

Another product in the box that I didn't even realise existed was the Multi-Miracle Glow, a rose scented cleanser, mask and balm trio. It can be used to nourish any areas in dire need of hydration, to remove your makeup or as a mask to create a refreshed, smoothed complexion. I haven't tried this enough yet to give many thoughts, but I have to say it smells incredible and has a lovely texture too it - not too watery, nor thick. 
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
The product that I've heard so many amazing things about and I was so excited to try is the Magic Cream, but I wasn't expecting such a generous trial size (a retail price of £27 on it's own). It's 15ml, but with the texture and formula I can imagine this lasting me a good six weeks of use in the evening. It's a thick cream that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and just makes my complexion drink it up. It's lightly scented which is something to note, but it feels very luxe to use! 

Mini eyeliners from advent calendars or subscription boxes always come in handy as they're great for handbags and I rarely ever use a whole pencil up, so the Rock N Kohl Liner from this box is great and is something I've been using everyday since I got it. I pair this with the Full Fat Lashes which I'm still on the fence about, but it's nice that they've used the same packaging and same size brush as the full sized version to make sure you get the same experience when using. 

Two full sized eye products in the box are the Colour Chameleon Amber Haze and Eyes To Mesmerise Jean. I've tried them both in other shades, but it's nice to have the latter in a champagne hue and the former in an easy to wear, long lasting bronze shade. The cream eyeshadow is super gorgeous to wear on it's own, but they actually work very well together to create a bright, yet subtle smokey eye. 
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
As you know one of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products is the Pillow Talk Lipstick and there's a full sized one in this box too! It's such a lovely nude shade, but as I've done a full review of it I won't go into too much detail. It's a gorgeous matte hue that sits perfectly on my lips without clinging to any dry patches and keeps my lips looking full too. 

Another favourite that I've been using for years now is the Wonderglow and honestly it's rekindled the love for me. The miniature size still offers a great deal of product whereby you can really get a feel for what it does. For me, it's greats the perfect base for foundation as it illuminates, smoothes and hydrates. 

I like that there's a lot makeup to try in this but nevertheless it's nice that there are lots of skincare as I've only tried the Goddess Clay Mask before from Charlotte Tilbury. It's already in my collection and I've spoken about it before, but as you use it once or twice a week, the 15ml tube will probably last you about a month perfect for the Christmas season. Similarly, the Take It All Off, an eye makeup remover, is great for if you're travelling over the festive period, but as you only use a small amount of remover each night, this will probably give you a lot of use out of it. 

Lastly it's the Supermodel Body which is a highlighter for your limbs that promises to give the illusions of smoother, softer, firmer skin perfect for if you're getting your legs out for a Christmas party this year. At first I was worried that I would get through the tube quite quickly, but as I tend to use this on my shins, shoulders and collarbones, I actually haven't used too much of it. 

Now onto the surprise - I'm giving away a Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar over on my Instagram today (12/11) and it'll be up for three days, so definitely check it out over at Pintsizedphoto if you don't follow already. 

What do you think of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar? 

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

A Cosy Night In

- This post is in collaboration with Leesa, but all thoughts are my own - 

Autumn is the perfect season for a cosy night in and I've feel like I've got my routine down. From pampering to putting on a fresh pair of pj's, I've got the full line up for you today.

The New Mattress | It was only recently that it dawned on me that we've had our now old mattress for some time now and if I'm honest it just wasn't cutting it when it came to comfort anymore. When Leesa got in contact with me I jumped at the chance because I've heard so many great things and I wanted to share with you a bit about the process and how it feels now we've been sleeping on it for a month. I picked up the Leesa Premium Foam Mattress and I'm sharing my thoughts with you today. 

As for the process of it arriving, unpacking it and getting it set up. It was super easy and much less of a faff than I thought it would have been. As someone with an Ikea bed, I was worried about the mattress not fitting our bed, but it was so easy to measure and pick the right mattress that we need (as they come in both UK and EU measurements). It arrived within a few days of ordering it and it came tightly wrapped in a box ready to be unrolled on your bed. It expands over the course of 24 hours, but it can still be slept on in the meantime. The best part and something that put my mind at ease was that you've got 100 days to test out your mattress before you decide if it's the right one for you. I think this is great as you really get to try it out before you commit and the 10 year guarantee is definitely an added bonus many will be relieved by. 
Tom and I both do lots of exercise, so a comfy, cosy bed has always been important to us as we want to roll into a plush mattress at the end of the day. The mattress has three unique layers of foam to make it as comfortable, yet supportive as possible meaning you don't sink into the bed and disappear like I had thought you would. Instead it enables you get a good night's rest supporting your body without making you overheat and get irritated. Having a mattress without springs never really occurred to me before, but it makes such a huge different to how deep I've been sleeping. Using I end up with a spring in my rib during the night which startles me in the night, but we've both been sleeping a lot longer and deeper than we did before. It's come at the perfect time really as with a fresh set of pillows and a new duvet, we can't wait to get into our toasty bed at the end of the day. 

I've got to mention as well that despite needing to cover it up with my bedding, more on that later, the mattress itself is rather pretty being a pale grey with stripes that's material is actually super soft to feel too. 

Leesa also give back with every purchase you make as they've donated over 30,000 mattresses to 1,000 non-profit organisations and donate one mattress to every ten sold. If you'd like to try a Leesa mattress out for yourself then I've got a discount code (PINTSIZEDBEAUTY) which gets you £100 off your purchase. 
Fresh Bedding | Freshly shaved legs and new bedding... name a better duo. It makes me 
want to do a bed dance whenever these two come together and they always bring a smile to my face too. I feel like having a fluffy duvet is the perfect way to make your bed feel like you're falling into a cloud and makes Sunday mornings an absolute dream. 

Embrace Hygge | I've really got to bug to have friends around for a cosy night of drinking and chatting. I'm also prone to a little board game from time to time, a perfect way to spend a couple of hours with a mulled wine in hand. Dim the lights, put out your favourite candles and get out lots of blankets to snuggle up with. I love having something to dip in and share for dinner when I'm going for a cosy night in, something like fondue, pizza or just humous and dips. 

A Long Hot Bath | Whenever I need a bit of 'me time' I always run myself a hot bath full to the brim with the fluffiest bubbles to sink myself into with candles all around giving off just enough light so I can read my book. If the bath is just the right I can stay in there for ages and it's the perfect way to relax for the evening. 

Don't forget you can shop your Leesa Foam Mattress with £100 off including the code PINTSIZEDBEAUTY

What makes a perfect cosy night in for you? 

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

An Autumn Base Routine

As a beauty blogger, you'd probably assume that I change up my base routine super regularly, but I regularly go back to the same products. Saying this, I thought it was about time I did an updated version of this post and share with you the foundation, concealer and powder that is currently in my makeup bag. 

I've switched primers recently back to the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow* and it's one of my favourite products from them, although can you believe I've never owned a full sized one? It adds a lovely glow to the skin and is a little thinner (and slightly more hydrating) than the Flawless Filter*. Using this underneath my makeup has really made my complexion look so much more illuminated and healthier especially as it's been looking dehydrated and lacklustre lately. 

As for foundation, I've been switching between three depending on how I'm feeling and the occasion. The Bourjois Healthy Mix is still the one I reach for a lot as it's such a great all rounder especially when my skin is feeling dry and I want a medium, dewy looking finish. The Clinique Even Better* base is the newest addition to my collection, but one I've lusted after for some time. It's quite deceiving as although it's super lightweight and natural, it can offer some serious punch in terms of coverage. Another high coverage option is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* which is one I've been using for years and it's great when I want a long lasting, demi-matte base that conceals blemishes and redness easily. 

For underneath my eyes I've been reaching for the Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer* a lot as it's super brightening and as it offers high coverage, it's great at covering up any dark circles I have. For the rest of my face I like using my Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting offering as although it's ever so slightly lighter than my skin tone, I can get it to work and it delivers a gorgeous finish with medium coverage. 

To set my base, I've been using the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder* and oh my it's delightful to use. I've never been a fan of baking, but this is super easy and it doesn't cake on the skin either. Instead, it makes the complexion feel and look super smooth! It prolongs the wear of my base makeup and the loose powder will honestly last such a great time. 

What products are in your base routine? 

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Friday, 9 November 2018

A Christmas Fragrance Gift Guide For All

- This post is in collaboration with Fragrance Direct, but all thought are my own - 

When it comes to fragrance shopping for Christmas I know that the amount of choices on the market can feel particularly overwhelming, but when done right, it can make Christmas an absolute breeze. Fragrance Direct have put together their own gift guide to give you more ideas, but today I'm sharing my top picks. 

For Her | A classic perfume is always a great present to see under the tree and the Chloe Signature EDP is the perfect pick. It's bottle is gorgeous and the scent is even better, it's a fragrance that can be worn by all. With a combination of peony, freesia and lychee, this is a lightweight perfume that can be worn daily with ease. The best part is on Fragrance Direct, this perfume is a steal if you're looking for a luxe present for a loved one. 

Another perfume that I'd recommend is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Love EDT which is one of my top picks of the year and honestly it'd make a great present for somebody who is a fan of MJ's dreamy packaging to display on their dressing table. It's extremely floral, but is on the grown up side of the Daisy scents making it a great pick me up at this time of the year and will continue to be popular for seasons to come too. 
For Him | A unisex fragrance that I feel like is well known to many and for a good reason is the Calvin Klein One and it makes for a great Christmas present for all. For 200ml just under £29 is an amazing price and it's got a £30 saving when bought on Fragrance Direct which is a bargain!!

Another scent to check out and one that I'd get for my Dad would be the Boss Bottled Tonic EDT as it's got a simple woody base with a twist of apple, cinnamon and ginger notes. It'd be great for anybody, so maybe one to check out for your boyfriend, brother or uncle. 

New In For 2018 | There's been so many new exciting fragrance releases this year, so there's a lot to chose from when it comes to gifts too. The Boss The Scent For Her is one of my top picks as I can see it being worn by women of all ages as the peach notes are uplifting and the zesty scent is contrasted with the cocoa base - I can see this being worn by the present receiver on boxing day! 

A new scent that I previously have featured on my blog is the Calvin Klein Women EDP and honestly it's a great scent if you're buying for somebody who doesn't like the traditional floral female fragrances. This one delivers a crisp, fresh scent that feels just as amazing in the Summer as it did in the colder months. 

Do you like receiving perfume as a Christmas present? 

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

A New Candle Discovery

I've been after an Overose candle for some time now and after spotting them on Cult Beauty and having a voucher to use, I knew I had to add one to my basket. We're now fully immersed in the candle lighting season, so I thought not only would I tell you about my new find, but a few of the candles I've been lighting recently too. 

The packaging of the Overose candles are absolutely dreaming and if you're feeling extra fancy, then the holo design is so extra too. It's pink casing and wax is almost too pretty to burn, but the fragrance makes up for it. I decided to choose the Valkiria scent as I wanted something that would uplift me during the midday slump. It's not a traditional A/W scent as it's got fig, peach and coconut notes, but I love that as it's unlike an candles I usually light at this time of the year. 

I wanted to test how much the candle scented a room when it wasn't lit and after just an hour in my living room, it filled it up with it's delicious fragrance. When lit it has great throw too which is exactly what I'd expect and hope for. Although it's pretty steep for a candle, if you're looking to treat a loved one or yourself then it's definitely one to check out. 

Have you tried any Overose candles? 

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Rust Skirt Everyone is Going Mad For

Rust is really this season's rose gold and I'm absolutely loving it. There's so many ways to incorporate this shade into your wardrobe and even if you're a monochrome lover like myself, you can still find easy ways to brighten up your outfit with this hue. If you've been following my fashion content on my Instagram (if not, what are you waiting for?!), then you would have seen this Missguided Rust Pleated Midi Skirt before. It's got a lot of love recently which means I felt like it warranted a full blog post dedicated to it.

When it comes to a midi skirt I always find myself looking at the elasticated waist, soft jersey type material which is fine when done right, but if made poorly, it can easily swamp my frame. This zip up detailing, although may require trying on a couple of sizes to find your perfect fit, is definitely the way to go when it comes to these sort of structured pleated style skirts. The pleat is gorgeous as it sticks out and makes the rust shade shimmer at you move, making it extremely flattering. I love to wear rust paired with a black jumper or graphic tee to contrast the colour nicely, although I think wearing it with a forest green (like this high neck chunky knit sweater) would work great too. 

If this skirt isn't your cup of tea, then there's lot of other rust coloured treats on the market at the moment. This ASOS Borg Jacket looks super cosy and this Prettylittlething Satin Tie Back Dress looks like a great contender for your Christmas party dress. Here are a few of my other top picks: 

Are you into the rust trend this season? 

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Huda Beauty Round Up

- All products have been gifted by Cult Beauty, however this post is not sponsored -

Huda beauty hasn't been on my radar as long as other brands have, but it's a regular in my makeup bag at the moment. I've tried a little bit of everything, from lips to eyes, so I thought I'd give you a brand focus post showcasing the products I think are worth it and the one's to miss. Cult Beauty kindly gifted these products for the post and I wanted to let you know that Huda Beauty is their Brand of The Month meaning you get free worldwide delivery on all of their products. 

I started my collection off with the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks* back in November of 2017 and I've been using them ever since. The have four mini nude shades I use regularly and on rotation which I definitely recommend. They're long lasting, yet feel super comfortable on the lips and can be easily reapplied throughout the day if you need to. It's one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas ever and if you like the matte look, then it's one of the check out, but I would say stick to the nude shades as I find the formula can be a little off when it gets to the darker shades. 

Although I rate their eyeshadows and lipsticks, it's their base products that I say you should try out first because they outshine them. The Overachiever Concealer* is a new addition for me, but it's one that I've been using a lot. It's great for under the eyes as the metal tip is very cooling on the skin. The formula is lightweight and flawless; a little bit goes a long way. I got the shade Marshmallow, but in hindsight I should have got a darker shade so I could use it all over. Saying this, it still works amazingly well at covering dark circles and brightening the whole area up. 

I use this paired with the Face Bake and Blend Dual-Ended Brush* because although the slanted side is made to pack on powder, I find it great at getting into the corners when using it with concealers. It's actually made me want to try out more of their brushes as this one is great quality and for once I'm getting use out of both ends. 
To set my makeup I've been using the Easy Bake Loose Powder* and despite never really trying baking before, I've actually found this super easy to use. The only problem I have with it is the packaging, the corners are actually quite sharp and it's chunky which doesn't make it very good for getting in your makeup bag. If you're not into scents in products you won't like this, but I wish they did this in a perfume as it's gorgeous! It's honestly an amazing powder for setting your makeup as it makes you skin feel ultra smooth and matte for hours to come. 

I have two eyeshadows palettes from Huda, the Warm Brown Obsessions Palette* and the Rose Gold Remastered*. Both of these have great eyeshadow formulas that blend effortlessly together, the latter is definitely for the lover of glitters and the former for those who like warm toned mattes. Although they're gorgeous, I've got to admit I don't reach for them as much as I should do, but that could be because I have so many other palettes in my collection that are more fitting for everyday wear. 

On a whole, Huda Beauty is a brand that actually surprised me a lot because I went in thinking that it was super hyped up and the quality wouldn't be great, but it was the complete opposite. 
What Huda products do you like? 

 - This post contains affiliate links and gifted products, but all thought are my own - 

Monday, 5 November 2018

An Autumnal Pamper Routine

 - This post is in collaboration with SBC, but all thoughts are my own - 

As you all know by now I love a pamper especially when it's chilly outside and I've been in dire need of some TLC. I love the feeling of newly shaven legs against fresh bed sheets and getting into a steaming hot, bubble bath at the end of a long day. Today I'm sharing with you some of my current favourite pamper products for the Autumn season. 

When I first got a whiff of the SBC Cinnamon and Chai range I knew that it was a scent for me. Don't get me wrong the warming fragrance won't be for everybody and I initially worried after a bad gingerbread experience (that I won't go into much detail about now..) that it wouldn't be my kind of thing either, but honestly the Cinnamon and Chai Body Polish* is on the right level of both fresh and warm. The body polish scrubs away any dry patches on my body, leaving it feeling smoother, looking brighter and smelling yummy too. 

One of my favourite parts of a pamper routine is to use a bubble bar or bath bomb to create an abundance of bubbles to delve into or deliciously scented water. The Lush Cheery Christmas is the one I'm currently using and it's great at making the water turn an array of colours that are deliciously scented. 

After I get out the bath, I like to slather myself with a body cream of choice to hydrate all over and then I apply the Cinnamon and Chai Glimmer Skincare Gel*, concentrating on my limbs to give them a healthy glow. I don't know about you, but this time of year by skin can start looking a little lacklustre and although I like to fake tan, this gel is lightweight enough so you don't feel it on the body and it catches the light perfectly without turning you into a disco ball. 

Although I tend to moisturise using the Lush Sleepy Lotion or Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Body Cream, I've been using the Soap and Glory Heel Genius* to concentrate on my feet. With them being cooped up in boots they need some extra TLC from time to time. 

To finish off my pamper routine I always pick out a nail vanish to pull it all together. It's been a toss up between the Sally Hansen Chai on Life* or Essie Sole Mate depending on the mood and what outfit I'm going to wear.  

What are your top Autumn pamper picks? 

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette Review Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette Review Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette Review Swatches
Despite loving the Urban Decay palettes as much as I do, when the Naked Cherry Palette* was released I wasn't all that bothered about picking it up. I think as the Heat Palette* was the palette I reached for last Summer, I thought I didn't need 'any more warm tones', but guess what? I was wrong. Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my thoughts on the most coveted palette at the moment and whether it's worth the investment. 

One thing that I was hesitant about was how much use I'd actually get out of the palette as the darker pink shades looked a bit scary when I first opened the palette up. Other than the shade Juicy which I do struggle incorporating into my looks, I have found a way to use these tones in an array of ways. Feelz, Turn On and Ambitious are great to create a brown toned look, the latter shade being one that I'm very impressed by both in pigmentation, formula and how much use I've been getting out of it. The next look could be a more classic warm toned formed of Devilish, Drunk Love and Drunk Dial which creates a dark smokey eye perfect for a night out. Of course it goes without saying that although this palette does offer a few alternative options for everyday wear, it's all about experimenting and I've really loved playing around with this. 

I previously mentioned formula and I'm happy to report that they live up to the standard of their other naked palettes. The mattes and shimmers blend effortlessly together and despite thinking that the darker pinks could appear patchy if you're not careful, they're actually much easier to work with that I thought. The shimmers for me are what make this palette stand out, Ambitious is one I'd happily buy in a single, but Drunk Dial has enabled me to finally love a ultra-dark smokey eye on myself and Turn On just speaks for itself when you swatch it - being a rose gold that looks great in the middle of the eye.

The only real issue I have is the first shade, which I've mentioned in previous reviews of the other palettes. I just can't find a real use for it as it's quite chalky in texture and blends out to be nothing. The second shade can be used to create a bare base for me to work on and can help me blend colours into my crease when I want to go for something a little more understated, but on darker skin tones I feel like this shade wouldn't work. 

Will you be trying out the new Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette?
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Friday, 2 November 2018

Lush Christmas Collection

I can't tell you how long I've waited to publish this post as I wanted to wait until after Halloween to start even getting an ounce of excitement for Christmas. Lush's festive range always makes me excited and as there were a few new additions to their collection this year, I just knew I had to do a blog post on it. 

First up is Cheery Christmas which is a berry scented bath bomb that has a surprise blue hue on the inside that opens up as it fizzes. It feels ultra silky on the skin, but without leaving that odd residue behind. I have to say it does crumble a little bit even before use so if you've got a big haul, it's the one I'd use first. 

Despite being ever so slightly disappointed that the Candy Cane isn't peppermint scented, this reusable bubble bar is great at getting lots of bubbles for a whole week's worth of baths as you honestly only need to hold it under the running water for a little. 

I'm not sure why, but I wasn't expecting much from the Puddy Holly and I definitely didn't expect to like it as much as I do. It's got a dusting of glitter over the top that doesn't overpower it and when crumbled into the bath, it creates a whirling green water with lots of bubbles to dive into. It's almond scented which means it smells like sweet marzipan and it's honestly a treat to use! 

Every year I always have to put the Magic Wand in my basket because it won't surprise you when I say that the Snow Fairy scent is one of my favourite scents for this time of the year. It's a reusable bubble bar again which means you get multiple baths from it and the bubbles are hydrating on the body too. Talking of Snow Fairy, the shower gel is one that I haven't bought in a couple of years now as I tend to opt for Sleepy or Rose Jam, two of my other go-to's. The bubblegum fragrance lingers on the skin and lathers up which is perfect for soft, smooth skin. 

If you were familiar with The Comforter then you'll definitely want to check out Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub as they have exactly the same scent. This product helps to scrub away all my dead skin from my lips ready for lipstick application and is great for this time of the year when my lips aren't feeling too good. 

Another product I buy every year is the Butterbear bath bomb which delivers a simple, delicate scent and feels ultra softening on the skin due to the cocoa butter in the formula. It might not be for everybody if you're more into the array of colours and scents, but I think it's the perfect evening addition. 

Other Christmas products I want to try is the Goddess Bath Bomb which just looks and sounds amazing - I feel like the array of silvery, glittering water would be perfect on Christmas eve. 

Will you be picking anything up from the Lush Christmas range? 
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